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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Livestream From The Globe: The Alice Grace Quartet/Quintet - August 22

Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

'Full of elegance, melody, and wonderful singing and playing'

This remark in the comments box sums up this performance better than any reviewer can do. 'An hour of sheer jazz delights' I could have added to the comments. The band was well on form, the consistent yet adventurous bass, the skilled guitar, the drummer as great as we've come to expect, and our singer, classy, elegant, an example for other singers to follow.

So who is the fifth member of the quintet? That is Alice's unborn son, making his presence felt by kicking. Research shows that unborn babies respond to music, so tonight we met a future jazzer! He first heard Weaver of Dreams, with gentle scat and wordless vocalisation, then a beautiful version of Skylark, and a quick camera shot of the birds on our drummer's tee shirt!

There followed seven more songs, including an original Travelling Light (exquisite solo from the guitar); a Michael Jackson number, I Can't Help It.  Close Your Eyes featured a drum introduction, a lovely 'chock chock' sound, fours between drums and voice, and an extended ending based on the lyrics 'close your eyes'

I was very interested to hear Never Let Me Go, as I'd been wanting to hear this song for years, ever since reading the acclaimed science fantasy novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. The song is featured in the novel which is a good read. I digress but thank you to Alice for that.  Secret Love featured hands on the drums, another sound I enjoy, wordplay rather than scat, and lively guitar and drum solos. The well-deserved encore was My Romance, and so the gig ended on a high.

Around 35 households were watching on YouTube, including Alice's parents, people in Wimbledon, Hexham, 5 people 'quaffing wine' in Tynemouth. The Globe is to be congratulated for very professional presentation, with introductory titles at the beginning, good camera work and sound, and welcoming remarks in the chat. I felt that they really cared that we were there, and so did the band.
Ann Alex

Weaver of Dreams; Skylark; Travelling Light; Don't Be That Way; Close Your Eyes; Never Let Me Go; I Can't Help It; Secret Love; My Romance.

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